Slideshow 1
Slideshow Overlay
SY18-19 Letter from the Mayor

SY18-19 Letter from the Mayor

Letter from the Mayor

Dear Washingtonians,

It’s my favorite time of year: August is here, and with August comes a new school year filled with so much opportunity – the opportunity to learn new things, to make new friends, to discover new passions, and to set new goals. Today, KIPPsters across our city headed back to class. On August 13, our DCPS extended year schools will welcome students for the new school year. And by August 20, students across Washington, DC will be back in class.

To ensure that our students and teachers are ready to start the school year strong, we’re hosting back to school events across all eight wards. From free immunization events to backpack giveaways, we’re working across DC Government to ensure all students go into school year 2018-2019 ready to succeed. Families can find a full list of events and resources at

And have you heard? This school year, the Kids Ride Free Program is getting smarter. Based on feedback from parents and students, we have updated the program to make it more accessible and easier to use. Starting this summer, students who use Metrorail, Metrobus, or the DC Circulator to get to and from school-related activities will receive a new Kids Ride Free SmarTrip card. Learn more about the new SmarTrip cards and how to obtain one at

As we go into this new school year, I want to reemphasize a message that cannot be stressed enough: When it comes to school attendance, Every Day Counts! Missing just two days of school each month can have significant long-term effects on a child’s academic career. Any type of absence, even an excused one, means that a student is missing out on new learning opportunities. In order to set our children and teens up for success, we need to ensure students of every age get to school on time, every day.

If you’re reading this letter, you can help us make this school year a success. Across the District, we have talented and dedicated educators who go above and beyond to teach, coach, and mentor our students, but they cannot do it alone. It is on all of us to find ways – big or small – to support our students and schools. To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Serve DC – the Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism by emailing or by calling (202) 727-7925.

Together, let’s make every day in school year 2018-2019 count.


Muriel Bowser